Patio Gardens

Patio Gardens

You normally grow a garden that provides you with endless pleasure and fresh food for your table. But, this year, you put your home on the market. You want to move to the country or to a different home in the city, or even a condominium and you don’t want to plant a garden just for someone else to enjoy.

Consider planting your veggies, herbs and flowers in smaller planter boxes that can move with you.

Growing veggies in a pot

Whether you’re short on space, or just want to be able to take them with you, growing veggies in a pot is a great idea. Luckily, most vegetables aren’t too particular about the pot they’re grown in. As long as it is large enough to hold the plant and has drainage holes, your veggies will be happy. So, you can invest in fancy raised boxes, or you can use a 5-gallon bucket from Home Depot.

If you’re growing root vegetables like carrots, parsnips or radishes, the pot needs to be deeper than the length you want your root to grow. Otherwise, you’ll end up with oddly shaped veggies. Vine plants such as watermelon, cucumbers and squashes need more width since the fruits lie on the ground. And climbing vines such as tomatoes and peppers need a trellis.

Strawberries, peas, dwarf varieties like cherry or grape tomatoes and even greens like lettuce or spinach will grow in a hanging pot. Your hanging pots need the same light and drainage that your pot plants needed, so make certain you can provide the right light.

Care

Consider adding a drip system to your pots to keep them moist. Since the soil in potted plants can dry out more quickly, a drip system can keep just the right amount of moisture to ensure you get a bumper crop. If you’re on a tight budget or your patio area doesn’t have access to a spigot, consider using a watering globe.

Moving plants

House and potted plants should be moved in a controlled environment. That means you should move them in your air-conditioned car—inside, not in the trunk. This gives you control over the temperature, light and ventilation. Move your plants either first or last if you’re making several trips, since you don’t want them to be forgotten among all the other boxes.

If you’re using professional movers, or if you are moving to a new state, make certain you follow all the correct regulations for moving plants. Some states, such as California, restrict which live plants can enter the state. Others, like Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Tennessee, Utah and Washington State require plants be inspected and certified to make certain they are free of destructive pests. Others require a period of quarantine to make certain pests don’t move from place to place. The Department of Agriculture can provide a list of plants requiring quarantine.

If you’re selling or planning to move, you can enjoy your cherished planted fruits and vegetables until your home sells, and even after you move, if you take steps in advance.

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